2019 Merit Award
AIA Southwest Michigan
Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalsec produces natural spice and herb flavor extracts for the food and beverage industry. A new 8,000 SF facility was designed by Slocum Architects to fit the style of the corporate campus which includes a barn from the 1880's.
The interior design goal was to create a warm and inviting work environment while considering design elements from other buildings on the property. The space was also designed to feature Kalsec's traditional art collection. Earthy interior finish materials like stone and wood reflect nature and the corporate philosophy. Live edge cherry slab countertops in the toilet rooms were custom made by CentoAnni. Walls are a wood-look porcelain tile called Easywood from Marca Corona. River Pebble Mosaic from Daltile was installed on the wall behind the sink. This same stone mosaic wall treatment was used to highlight the drinking fountains. Carpet tile in the Boardroom is Miliken's Archipelago in Sea Grape. The Conference Room features Distressed Solutions carpet tile from Masland Contract in the Faded Batik pattern. Wallcoverings throughout the building are from D.L. Couch's Naturals collection.
Recycled and reclaimed materials from a razed building on the property were used throughout the new office building to reduce waste sent to the landfill. A translucent ridge skylight provides natural diffuse light into the main corridor. Radiant in-floor heating was incorporated into the polished concrete floors. A 31 Kw capacity photovoltaic solar system and eight electric vehicle charging stations further reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.
Architect: Slocum Architects
Engineering: Byce & Associates
Solar Design: Helios Solar
Construction Management: AVB